The new Fender Audio RIFF portable Bluetooth speaker and practice amp is the latest product to straddle two worlds. Offering users a hybrid speaker and guitar amp in one compact enclosure.
Fender Audio RIFF
The Fender Audio RIFF portable Bluetooth speaker is a 60-watt, Class-D amp that has four speakers and two bass woofers. The unit has USB-C charging and a lithium-ion battery with up to 30 hours of battery life. Plus, 30min charging will owners you 8 hours of playback, which is great if you are in a hurry.
A Guitar Amp?
What makes it interesting for us guitarists, is that it will act as a guitar amp, as well as a speaker for your smartphone, etc
Plus, it incorporates a dual microphone array for clear speech and allows users to take a call while on the go.
Essentially, allowing this one unit to cover a lot of ground, for musicians on the go.
Maple Top & Grooves
The top panel of the RIFF is made of maple and features touch control for volume, bass and treble via three grooved touch control sliders.
It also features auto-tone room correction similar to Apple’s Home Pod speaker system. Giving users optimal sound for the environment they are in.
Users can also pair two RIFF units to create a stereo speaker system. Potentially there is the functionality to pair up to 100 units.
The RIFF app also adds an alternative control for the EQ and volume. Allowing users to adjust the guitar/music mix to taste, perfect for practice and jamming with.
Portable Amp solution?
It comes with a removable strap and is designed to be portable, which makes it appealing to music lovers/musicians on the go. I also like that it is water-resistant, which is great for when the party gets a little wild.
Sure, Fender isn’t at NAMM this year, but dropping this new product this week means it will garner a lot of attention. The price point is probably about right for a branded high-quality speaker with extra functionality. It will certainly be one to check out in 2023 for a lot of guitarists.
MSRP – USD 469